I want to remove the backsplash without damaging my Silestone counter.

Denise Clemons
by Denise Clemons
I wish to tile my kitchen wall down to my solid surface countertop, and need to remove a short backsplash, without damaging my countertop, to do so. CAN I do this myself?
  8 answers
  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Feb 16, 2018

    Yes, start by covering your top with a Dust Sheet. then removing the top layer of tiles and work down. Don't worry if more than one row of tiles comes down at once..............Use a Hammer and a flat bolster..........

  • William William on Feb 16, 2018

    Was the backsplash glued to the countertop and wall or just the wall? If just the wall first use a knife and cut through the caulk between the backsplash ans counter. The use a stiff putty knife and small prybar the pry the backsplash off the wall. If it was glued to the counter top and wall would be hard to remove. A lot of people just tile above the short backsplash rather than try to remove it. There are a lot of one piece backsplashes that have a back on them.

  • Denise Clemons Denise Clemons on Feb 16, 2018

    That is my fear. It is glued to the countertop. I feel it would look so much better tiled to the countertop rather than to the top of the splash...

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    • Denise Clemons Denise Clemons on Feb 17, 2018

      This may be the answer. I just hate settling, lol! Thanks for your suggestion.

  • Rose Broadway Rose Broadway on Feb 17, 2018

    I agree, it would be safer to leave backsplash because if you successfully removed it, it might have a gap between the counter top and the wall. If that problem is there you would have to put a backsplash back in place.

    • Denise Clemons Denise Clemons on Feb 17, 2018

      Thanks for your suggestion. Originally I was going to tile down to the backsplash, but decided it would look better, cleaner if I removed that backsplash and tiled to the counter. The counter actually runs to the wall and the backsplash, made of the same material, is attached with some kind of adhesive to the top. I may need to call in the professionals. $$$ But, this may be beyond me.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Feb 17, 2018

    Oh! If you know who put it in, I would ask them to remove it, as they would know what was used to stick it to the wall, Failing that, If it were me, I would call a Kitchen fitter used to installing this type of Splashback and ask for their advice and or price to do the job! It looks as if it would be at least

    a two person job. Good luck. Just a thought, had you considered covering it if it can't come away in one piece?

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Feb 17, 2018

    Best wishes..........

  • Deb K Deb K on Feb 06, 2023

    Hi Denise, I see the backsplash is not attached to the countertop, so you want to put something on the countertop to protect it. Take a razer knife and run it along the caulking at the bottom of the backsplash to loosen it off. Do the same at the top then gently use a pry bar to work at popping the backsplash off. Hope this helps you out.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Feb 07, 2023

    From the way it looks in your picture, I woulsd make an assumption that the short countertop piece is here to stay, just tile above it.